Hurry Up And Wait

A report issued by the Texas Traffic Institute found that in 2005 commuters wasted 4.2 billion hours sitting in traffic. That’s 38 hours — nearly a full work week — per driver, 2.9 billion gallons of gas and, including the time lost, a cost to the country of $78.2 billion. To put that in perspective, if everyone were to stop commuting and started working at or closer to home, we’d save enough money to build 293,000 new houses, buy everyone’s gas for the next 7.5 months, or finance another year in Iraq.

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